podcasts

Apple Podcasts may soon get a premium subscription service

Apple Podcasts may soon get a premium subscription service

Apple may be planning to release a subscription service for podcasts, a move that would bring it into competition with Spotify, Stitcher, and other companies offering exclusive content. The move wouldn't be surprising given the increasing popularity of podcasts and Apple's long dominance in the podcast distribution market.

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Amazon acquires podcast network Wondery to take on Spotify

Amazon acquires podcast network Wondery to take on Spotify

Soon after a leak revealing as much, Amazon has officially acquired Wondery, an independent podcast network that'll help the Internet retailer take on Spotify and other big competitors. The news comes only weeks after Amazon greatly expanded its podcast offerings through Music, the company's streaming service, and around a year after Spotify acquired Gimlet Media.

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Spotify’s latest deal brings exclusive podcasts from Prince Harry and Meghan

Spotify’s latest deal brings exclusive podcasts from Prince Harry and Meghan

Spotify has penned a new major deal with Archewell Audio, an audio production company formed by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. The multi-year partnership between the two companies will bring a variety of podcasts to Spotify's platform, an arrangement that will kick off with a holiday special in the coming days.

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Google Podcasts gets RSS feed support for access to premium shows

Google Podcasts gets RSS feed support for access to premium shows

Google Podcasts, the app that has steadily grown from a basic offering to one that can meet most users' needs, has added its biggest feature to date: support for RSS feeds. This is an important addition as it enables users to directly subscribe to the podcasts they can't otherwise access in the app, including private ones from creators they directly support.

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Spotify now lets users add individual podcast episodes to library

Spotify now lets users add individual podcast episodes to library

Spotify has added a new feature that gives podcast fans more control over the content they enjoy the most. Called 'Your Episodes,' the aptly named feature enables users to save individual podcast episodes to a special library, making it easier to find specific audio features that caught their eye even if they don't subscribe to the show.

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Bill Gates and Rashida Jones will launch a new podcast next week

Bill Gates and Rashida Jones will launch a new podcast next week

Philanthropist Bill Gates and writer/actress Rashida Jones have teamed up to launch a new podcast called "Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions." The podcast will officially launch next week with the first episode focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Fauci will be the first guest, explaining to listeners what they can expect over the next few months.

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Spotify may be planning a premium podcast subscription plan

Spotify may be planning a premium podcast subscription plan

Spotify may be planning to release a special podcast subscription plan, at least based on a survey some users report seeing when they launch the app. The survey asks subscribers what they would be most interested in from a premium podcast subscription, and it includes two potential rates, one for certain kinds of content and another for different premium content.

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Audible takes on Spotify by adding thousands of free podcasts

Audible takes on Spotify by adding thousands of free podcasts

Amazon has taken steps to grow its Audible platform into a proper podcast destination, announcing the arrival of thousands of free podcasts on the platform. Audible is still largely known as a destination for audiobook content and, more recently, dramatized audio productions. However, the company has expanded into the podcast genre with a number of original shows.

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Stitcher podcast app reveals massive redesign with new features

Stitcher podcast app reveals massive redesign with new features

Podcast platform Stitcher has introduced a massive redesign for its mobile app, one that brings an updated, clean design alongside new features and more. The new interface comes amid the massive spike in podcast popularity and the subsequent rise of major competitors, including platforms like Spotify and audio apps like Google Podcasts. The new Stitcher design will be made available to users on iOS and Android.

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Porsche’s Taycan EV just became the perfect Carpool Karaoke car

Porsche’s Taycan EV just became the perfect Carpool Karaoke car

Porsche is making in-car karaoke a little easier, tapping the Taycan EV's passenger display for song lyrics and making the best argument for the extra screen that we've seen so far. The new feature comes as Porsche integrates Apple Podcasts and Apple Music's Time-Synced lyrics into its electric sports sedan's infotainment system.

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Spotify’s Michelle Obama exclusive podcast is now available on other apps

Spotify’s Michelle Obama exclusive podcast is now available on other apps

Spotify has announced alongside of the Obamas' Higher Ground that Michelle Obama's podcast -- the first season, at least -- has expanded to other podcast platforms. This follows the content's exclusive availability on Spotify, which has heavily focused on growing its podcast platform. The expansion will come only a few months after The Michelle Obama Podcast's debut on Spotify, earning itself such high-profile guests as Barack Obama, Conan O'Brien, and others.

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Spotify podcast polls test hints at a more interactive future

Spotify podcast polls test hints at a more interactive future

Spotify has started testing a new podcast poll feature with a number of mobile users, enabling audiences to participate by answering questions. The feature is a test at this point, meaning only some users are able to access it. However, the presence of this type of feature hints at a future in which Spotify may be more interactive than it currently is, crowdsourcing information from listeners and, potentially, encouraging them to interact with ads and other elements.

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